Two Paradip-based Fertilizer Plants under OSPCB Scanner

Paradip, NOv 27: Two Paradip-based fertilizer plants came under Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) scanner for allegedly dumping polluting substance that caused air and water pollution in the area.

The OSPCB has decided to conduct the probe following the allegations that Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL) and Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) were generating gypsum waste deposit to the tune of a staggering 25 lakh tonnes annually.

"The objective of the impact assessment study is to ascertain the level of pollution being caused by the two fertilizer plants. The study would be comprehensive in nature. Besides OSPCB scientists, environment experts from Indian Institute of technology (IIT) would be part of the study team," said Regional Officer, OSPCB, Prasant Kumar Kar.

Recently, PPL was accused of dumping solid waste outside the factory premise at Bhitargada near Paradip Township. Besides, it was found wanting in putting in place a pollution control mechanism to stop emission of pollutant dust particles into the air. The OSPCB had a made an on-the-spot investigation and filed cases against the plant management under the provisions of Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981